Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, criticised Truth Social as a “rightwing echo chamber” and slammed former President Donald Trump for using it.

The technology magnate discussed his motivations for making a bid to buy Twitter in an extensive interview with the Financial Times that was published on Friday. The transaction has thus far been beset by legal snafus.

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The alternative, he suggested to Financial Times, is to let the discussion break off into various social media platforms.

“I’m not doing Twitter for the money. It’s not like I’m trying to buy some yacht and I can’t afford it,” Musk said. “I don’t own any boats. But I think it’s important that people have a maximally trusted and inclusive means of exchanging ideas and that it should be as trusted and transparent as possible.”

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Musk abandoned his $44 billion offer to purchase Twitter, which sparked a legal dispute between him and the social media company. After the withdrawal, Twitter sued Musk, who then filed a countersuit, claiming that the tech company had been secretive about how many bots were using the site.

“It [Truth Social] is essentially a rightwing echo chamber. It might as well be called Trumpet,” Musk added.

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Just weeks before a trial that was scheduled to take place in Delaware court about the matter, Musk changed his mind and said he was willing to move forward with the $44 billion acquisition earlier this week.

The Delaware judge approved Musk’s plea to postpone the trial on Thursday and gave him until October 28 to finalise the Twitter agreement.

Trump, on the other hand, was blocked from Twitter as a result of his tweets on the day of the Capitol uprising on January 6, 2021.

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The possibility exists that the former president might be restored if Musk takes over the platform. The multibillionaire has expressed interest in reopening accounts for people who were permanently barred.

Republicans welcomed Musk’s purchase of Twitter when he initially revealed his intention to do so, saying his ownership would ensure that the site committed to free speech ideals. Republicans have contended that conservative voices are unfairly discriminated against by content control practises on websites like Twitter.